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Curried sweet autumn

I took a couple of pictures of this simple dish, which tells me I must have wanted to save the recipe. That’s the stubbornly backward logic I’ve been using lately. It’s like a string around a finger jogging the memory to check the fridge for a sticky note with directions. My head is clogged again. This month has been busy, and I’m usually tired. Happy tired, but still tired.   A...

Quinoa straws or cheese straws

Last week, I attempted making quinoa crackers using cooked quinoa, quinoa flour, flaxmeal, and some seeds, plus a few other helpful ingredients. It was a disaster. But not the end of the world. I love silver lining surprises. While the dough and my patience had not a hope in hell of teaming up to achieve the crispy wafer intended, the opportunity to create a wholesome take on traditional cheese straws (with or without the...

Citrus roasted brussels sprouts

It’s been official for awhile now… fall is here! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate with delicious roasted brussels sprouts? For those of you who think you don’t like brussels sprouts…before you say anything, I’m tempted to declare you must try roasting them before deciding. Wary though, because of a lurking thought that maybe a reaction to brussels sprouts is genetic, as with cilantro, and...

Chocolate coconut amaranth baked pudding

You know the expression, “kill two birds with one stone”? I kind of loathe it. That statement seems to contradict itself, given “kind of” and “loathe” don’t exactly work well together, but why do the birds need to be killed, anyway? There is way too much brutality in the physical world today; let’s kindly give the metaphorical a happy place. But back to that phrase. I...

Roasted seasonal vegetables with farro salad

Some of my favorite dishes seem too simple to record on this blog, like proudly stating the obvious only to land in a puddle of second-guessing and embarrassment. Yet, when I do write them down, I usually end up consulting the method repeatedly. It may be  some things seem to easy to bother remembering, despite knowing that little changes in things like seasoning and cook time yield totally different dishes. At the same...

Three Healthy-for-cupcakes birthday treats

It’s been several days now since the big par-tay, and I’m only just beginning to process officially crossing over from Babydom into Toddler Time.  Where did the last year go?! How overwhelmingly bittersweet, painfully missing my baby while rejoicing in the amazing, mirthful, marvelous little wonderball of an individual he’s becoming by the second. Lately, I’ve felt bowled over with wistfulness and...

Ancient Harvest Recipe Roundup: August

One day, hopefully soon, I’ll throw together one of those typical wordy ramblings with a dash (or dump) of soul-searching and/or reflection sprinkled in…because there is something liberating in that, sometimes. But that is not today. Lots going on here, and my brain feels a little clogged. I’m taking a break from experimentation, unless you count the attempts to make monkey faces out of banana chips on 72...

Crunchy quinoa granola bars

As much as I’d like to go ahead and write up the ramble bouncing around in my head on this morning’s trail run, I’ve got nothing but another quick & simple post today. Day-to-day life continues to pick up the pace, threatening to leave my brain behind. I’m excited to share, however…my first recipe for Ancient Harvest is officially up! Quinoa crunch snack bars: hearty and somewhat chewy, like...

Healthy for cake carrot cake with cashew frosting

First off, isn’t this photo pretty…for one of mine, I mean? It’s a wonder what a good lens can do. That, and actually spending time preparing and taking pictures. With today’s amazing equipment, small steps can really elevate results from exceptionally poor (as in my case) to just about average, which on a relative personal scale can translate into stunning, on a good day. I’ll be honest, the...

Butternut and black bean burritos with red pepper ...

I’ll be brief–this week/month is packed, and today my head is swimming with that treading water feeling. I have no time…but who does? It’s August (just about), and the “dog days” don’t let you laze around in the shade like I wish they would sometimes. Good things, mostly, but preoccupying. In addition to life as we know it lately, a few exciting extras: With LiveWell Longmont, Melissa...

Better-for-you butternut oatmeal chip cookies

So often it seems success and contentment involve a little letting go. I hope that proves true with those things hardest to let go of, when we find we have to. For now, these cookies are a little bit of practice, albeit in a a fluffy (literally and figuratively), flippant way. In a quest to compile a range of  healthy-for-cookies cookie options, I’ve wrestled with disappointment over cake-like cookies, even when they...

Quinoa summer succotash

When you eat a whole lot of lentils and beans on a regular basis, you may find yourself reaching for an assortment of names. The meals may be similar, but  identifying them differently seems to add uniqueness and variety that’s delicious in its own way.  What does it matter if said names and dishes can really be used interchangeably! One week a skillet supper, next a salad, a pilaf, a stir-fry…or, this week,...